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Blacksmithing for Kids - Summer Camp Series


Blacksmithing for Kids - Summer Camp Series

Blacksmithing for Kids - Summer Camp Series

This 3 day Summer Camp Series for kids at Cleveland Blacksmithing, located in Cleveland's historic neighborhood of Ohio City, will guide students ages 12+ through a series of projects designed to provide fundamental instruction in the skill of ornamental Blacksmithing. We will focus on manipulating metal with heat and force. Students will have a hands-on learning experience, feeling the weight of the hammer, learning correct technique, practicing how to mold and shape metal, understanding how to use tools and safety gear, and learning how to properly heat metal.  

Lessons will include mathematics, engineering, history, architecture, science, art, design - and fun. That’s right Blacksmiths were STEAM before it was cool! Students will keep items that they create, come away with unique memories and skills to boot. Parents, you will need to sign-in your child on the first day, but you are free to leave once we get started. 


Session Dates: 9am - 12pm

June 11, 12, and 13

June 25, 26, and 27

July 9, 10, and 11

July 23, 24, and 25

August 6, 7, and 8


Day 1 - Intro to Blacksmithing - J Hook & S Hook

Day 2 - Intro to Blacksmithing Continued - S Hook & Hearts

Day 3- Intermediate Blacksmithing Forged Skulls


Day 1 : So, you want to be a blacksmith?

  9:00am Check in and introductions

  9:30 Fire up the forges and start learning to make a hook

  10:15 Hydration and relaxation oh yeah!

  10:30 Keep on Forging

  11:15 Finishing touches

  11:30 Hydration and Debrief

  12:00 Pick up

Day 2  : The Heart of a Blacksmith

  9:00am Check in and introductions

  9:15 What’s the Plan Stan?

  9:30 Fire up the forges, we’re making noise today!

  10:15 Hydration and relaxation oh yeah!

  10:30 Hearts forged in Fire

  11:15 Finishing touches

  11:30 Hydration and Debrief

  12:00 Pick up

Day 3 : Skull Crushing

  9:00am Check in

  9:15 What’s the Plan Stan?

  9:30 Serving up skulls

  10:15 Hydration and relaxation oh yeah

  10:30 Can you feel it in your Bones as we forge ahead

  11:15 Finishing touches

  11:30 Hydration and Goodbyes say it ain't so!

  12:00 Pick up


Safety Requirements:

Closed toe, closed heeled shoes

Long Pants

Avoid synthetic clothing material

Safety Glasses will be provided

Tools and Materials we will be using:

Gas Forge: fueled by propane

Hand tools: hammers, tongs, anvils, punches, chisels

Electric tools: drill press

Chemicals: Rustoleum varnish, Beeswax


About the Instructor:

Tim Cunningham, a local Artisan Blacksmith, creates unique hand forged items. Tim learned blacksmithing while attending Hocking College in Southeastern Ohio, apprenticeship with Payne Junker in Vermont, and moved to Cleveland in 2012 to be with his wife. As well as being a Blacksmith, Tim was a Director of an Environmental Education camp in Central Ohio where he also directed many, many Day Camps and Summer Camps. Tim is also Certified in First Aid and CPR and has completed a full background check as required by the state of ohio when working with children. Tim also teaches blacksmithing for homeschool groups, scouts, and many other organizations.

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